One In The Spirit!

Time changes so many things – not simply the look or style of life, but the spirit of life as we each attempt to find ourselves in the midst of our surroundings and our growth.  Depending on how serious we are about it, some of us will change some things and some of us will simply say to ourselves “that is nice” and go on about our life with little or no change.  I wonder if one day our choice will come back to hit us in the face as we begin to realize what we could have done if we had only listened to that still, small voice.  There is no way we can actually know, but we will wonder – what if, what if?

When and where is the point when we will begin to ask ourselves – What if?  Unfortunately we do not possess a crystal ball so whenever the question arises we must ask ourselves as well as the God who created us just where we made our wrong turn and is there any way in which we can reverse our steps and try again to fulfill the original plan for our life.  Also will He give us another chance?

God’s Word has all the answers we will ever need.  Sometimes we will have to search, but sometimes if we were fortunate enough to grow up in a Christian home with the determination of our parents to show us the right path the answer will be quickly found.  Then it is just a matter of turning around and making the choice to be who we were created to be.  As we achieve our goal we might ask why it took us so long and find ourselves regretful for what we have missed.  Fortunately though the end result will be the same for our Creator is ever forgiving and His love for His creation never without hope.  It could make you wonder why we are often so determined to test fate.

I don’t know if it is really true, but my pitiful mind tells me that when we learn from experience it often changes the picture and our appreciation for the wisdom of our Creator.  Of course, we are sorry it has to be that way, but then maybe we become more serious and spiritually activated to correct our thinking and our actions.  The wisdom of our God will always be challenged, but never overcome by the thinking of His children no matter our supposed learning and confidence.

Paul in the book of Romans  talks about  those who are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law (Romans 2:19-20).  But then we find in the book of Proverbs, written by Solomon and other wise men, that Happy is the man who finds wisdom…for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold  (3:13-14).  While it is true that experience often gives us wisdom, it is also true that we can achieve wisdom without having first to experience foolishness.  That is one of the best reasons to spend time studying what Jesus, himself, tried to teach His followers in His day, the whole truth of God’s purpose in creation.

We have been taught in these days that experience is the best teacher, but it can also end up in the greatest sorrow.  Maybe we should rethink the wisdom of learning from the words of our Creator.  You would have to admit that we are currently living in times that require great wisdom, times when the leaders of our various countries are simply men who often have not found wisdom themselves.  Is there an answer to this major problem?  You, as well as I, know the answer to that question.  It was set out for us in a book that has always had more wisdom than any other – the Word of our living Lord.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity will one day be restored,
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA